My faith in our community spirit was restored last week when a large and enthusiastic crew of volunteers turned out to have the grounds of the church, community hall, fire hall and park all looking nice for the Canada Day weekend. With hot and dry weather predicted for the days ahead it may be a while before we gather again for another grass cutting bee but there is some work to be done at the camp kitchen which will require a small group of workers with some carpentry skills. Mike Ostergard commented to me that he was not the one who built the four picnic tables which were recently repaired at the Centennial Park and I now wonder if they were part of the original project in 1967. Does anyone remember?
In spite of the Saturday storm which forced the re-scheduling of the fireworks display in Drumheller, the Canada 150 celebrations offered activities and entertainment for the thousands who attended and those who came back on Sunday night to watch the fireworks were treated to an exceptional show on a beautiful evening. The Dalum Fire crew was once again included in the parade and Don Petersen continued to do his part in presenting the Kinsmen pancake breakfast. Don is one of those people who lives up to the saying “if you want something done, ask a busy man to do it”.
July first was also a big day for the Sandum family when Shayla Sandum married Drew Tolman of the Rumsey area. The wedding ceremony took place at the home of Harold and Pauline Lund where Shayla was delivered to her groom in a horse drawn buggy which had been restored by Grandpa Harold. Supper and a dance followed at the Sandum farm where the party goers also recognized Harold on the occasion of his 85th birthday. Congratulations to the newlyweds with hope that they might celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary on Canada’s Bi-Centennial.
The community hall and park were busy last weekend when the Hunter family, which has been well known in Drumheller and area for decades, held their family reunion at Dalum. Part of their festivities included placing an entry in the Canada Day parade under the banner of “The Hunter – Clarke Expedition, 1745 to 2017”. Their Canadian family history which began with the arrival of an early ancestor in 1745 was displayed in the community hall while many of the guests made their weekend home at our Centennial Park where there was room for several trailers and tents inside the picnic area with more space available outside. This is good news for those former Dalum folks who will be bringing campers, tents and trailers next year when Dalum celebrates 100 years as an organized community. With the 2017 parade at front of mind, talk has begun in regard to Dalum placing a community centennial float in the 2018 Canada Day parade; ideas anyone?
It was nice to see the ball diamond in use on Sunday evening when the Reiffenstein family and guests were able to fill the spaces on the field with a few extra bodies serving as spectators. Some of the little batters showed such good hitting skills that the older infielders just could not get the ball to first base in time for the out.
Julie Reiffenstein reports that the annual Vacation Bible School is scheduled for the evenings of July 18, 19, and 20 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Dalum. The program will be organized and presented by a youth group from “Lord of All” Lutheran Church of Strathmore with the activities taking place between 6:30 and 8:30 pm each evening. The program is open to all children from the age of four and older and for more information those interested may contact Julie or Pastor Dan Hendrickson.
A reminder to the many friends of the Andersen family that the memorial service for Svend will take place on Saturday, July 8, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church at Dalum. The service is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. with a luncheon to follow at the community hall.
A baby shower for Ali Marie Doyle will take place at the home of Karen McMillan on Sunday afternoon, July 16, beginning at about 1:00 pm. The proud parents are Jenny (n. Pallesen) and Travis Doyle.
The birthday list this week includes greetings to the former Gail Pedersen who shared her birthdate with her late father, Helge; to Jeff Rasmussen, Svend Dahl, and Sandra Kohut (n. Turner), and with belated congratulations to Robert Jackson who officially became a senior citizen a couple of weeks ago. Best wishes to all.
In closing here are some wise words from the Gentleman’s Guide: “Being a male is a matter of birth and being a man is a matter of age but being a gentleman is a matter of choice”.
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